GDF SUEZ explains its involvement alongside Toshiba in developing nuclear power in the United Kingdom
GDF SUEZ is partnering with Toshiba Westinghouse for a major nuclear power project in the UK. In an interview for L’Usine Nouvelle, GDF Suez Chairman and CEO Gérard Mestrallet talks about this important announcement and its significance for the future of the Group within the UK nuclear power industry.
“When GDF SUEZ is appointed as part of an international project, it’s France that wins. In the same way as a number of other companies, we’re part of the French nuclear team captained by the French State”.
— L’Usine Nouvelle (@usinenouvelle) 20 Janvier 2014
The NuGen nuclear program moves forward in the UK and GDF reconfirms its nuclear ambitions
GDF SUEZ has signed a partnership agreement with Toshiba for the development of its nuclear program in the United Kingdom. Under the terms of this major agreement, Toshiba will own 60% of the NuGen project alongside GDF SUEZ, which will contribute its experience as a world-class nuclear plant operator. This industrial partnership gives new impetus to NuGen, the company set up to develop a new nuclear power plant on the West Cumbria coast of Northwest England. The new 3,400 MW plant will use Westinghouse AP1000 technology. This partnership also reflects the British government’s desire to diversify the types of nuclear technology used in the UK. It also signals the serious ambitions of GDF SUEZ in nuclear development, and confirms its strategic decision to promote a diverse, balanced, low-carbon energy mix in which this type of energy has an important role to play. GDF SUEZ therefore continues to consolidate its status as a respected nuclear power operator committed to using those technologies most appropriate for the local conditions in each country.
GDF SUEZ to develop and operate 4 nuclear reactors in Turkey as part of the bid-winning consortium
Last year, GDF SUEZ and consortium partners Mitsubishi Heavy Industry, Itochu and EÜAŞ were contracted by the Turkish authorities to construct four ATMEA1 nuclear reactors with a generating capacity of 4,400 MW at Sinop. These new projects confirm the commitment of GDF SUEZ to continue its role as a leading player in the global nuclear power industry. This commitment to the Turkish nuclear industry reflects the strategy of a Group that has pioneered nuclear power in Europe. GDF SUEZ is one of the very few companies in this market to offer the advanced expertise required upstream (engineering, procurement, operation and maintenance) and downstream of the nuclear power process (waste management and plant dismantling).